Iran at a glance
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Note: As opening hours of Treasury of National Jewels are limited (Saturday to Tuesday from 2-4:30 PM), in case of closing, carpet museum is our alternative.
Your Flight will be landed in IKA (Imam Khomeini airport) in Tehran. From now on, we host you during your trip in Iran. Our representative brings you to hotel for check-in and rest.
This is the first day visit of Iran. In the morning, we get out of the hotel and drive to the center, the historical part of the city. Our first place of visit is “Golestan palace”. Golestan palace is a complex consists of several palaces which are all gathered to form the Golestan palace. This colorful tiled building has been used for so many important events in the past by previous kings and queens.
Taking a few steps, we find ourselves in hearth of “the Grand Bazaar”, one of the largest covered bazaars in the world. Visiting the oldest bazaar of Tehran would definitely sound awesome. Regarding its traditional architecture, a superb visual pleasure is provided for its visitors.
“Treasury of National Jewels” is our next stop. Here at the national jewelry museum you would not take your eyes off from one valuable object to another. The treasury of national museum is not just a museum in Tehran; it is among top 10 museums of the world with so many historical and valuable jewelries from hundreds of years ago. Every piece has been collected from different part of the world.
In the evening (not obligated), “Tabiat Bridge” show us a great view of Tehran. The multilevel, sculptural pedestrian bridge, designed by Iranian architect Leila Araghian, is a fun space to relax and, in good weather, it provides superb views of the north Tehran skyline.
Get back to hotel for rest.
Second day is for half-day sightseeing in north of Tehran and fly to Shiraz.
The first place of visit is “Sa’d Abad palace”. The summer home of royal family from Qajar dynasty to the Pahlavi, who expanded it to the site you see today. Covering 110 hectares and comprising 18 separate buildings, it will take you a good three hours to see everything.
In Tajrish district we couldn’t avoid ”Tajrish Bazaar” and its fresh fruits and dynamic atmosphere. It is a great place for shopping, relaxing, drinking a coffee and enjoying the weather and the view of mountains.
After having lunch, ”Azadi tower” is our must see. The inverted-Y-shaped Azadi Tower, designed by Hossein Amanat, combines modern and traditional architecture of Iranians. It was built in 1971 to commemorate the 2500th anniversary of the first Persian empire and was the scene of much protest during the 1979 revolution.
Fly to Shiraz at 15:30 by Iran air for 1h and 30 m.
“Hafez tomb” is the best option to explore in the evening.
Iranians have a saying that every home must have two things: First the Quran and then Hafez collection. There’s no better place to know about this great figure of Iran poetry than Hafez tomb.
Get back to hotel for rest.
Not wasting time, we start exploring Shiraz from ”Nasir-ol-Molk mosque”, the most photographic mosque of Iran, Step on mosque to see the pink and the beauty of the Iranian architecture. It is known as the “Pink Mosque” because of the usage of considerable pink color tiles for its interior design.
A few minutes from the mosque, one of the most famous buildings of Zand kings and Shiraz is located. “Karim Khan castle”, this burly fortress was part of the royal court that Karim Khan hoped would rival Esfahan and because of that its design is a combination of military and residential architecture.
“Narenjestan Ghavam” is the next. Narenjestan Ghavam or Qavam house is one of the most beautiful and praised garden of Iran. Built during Qajar era (about hundred years ago) by Qavam family who were among the political figures of Shiraz, the place was for residence of the whole family and the office for administrating purpose.
“Eram garden” is the next garden but still have a lot to offer. Called as “a piece of the heaven, it has the form of well-known Persian garden. It should be noted that the word “Eram” is the Persian version of the Arabic word “Iran” which means heaven in Islam’s holiest of books, the Quran.
Back to hotel and rest in the evening.
On our way through Yazd, we will visit the great masterpiece of Persian rulers which is also registered as UNESCO world heritage, “Persepolis”. One of the great wonders of the ancient world, it was conceived by Darius the Great who, in 520 BC, inherited the responsibility for ruling the world’s first known empire founded by his predecessor, Cyrus the Great.
On our next stop, the spectacular rock tombs called “Necropolis” will be visited. The tombs are believed to be for Darius II, Artaxerxes I, Darius I and Xerxes I although historians are still debating this.
Not so far from Necropolis, we go for the first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid Empire, “Pasargadae”. Founded by Cyprus the great, It was one of the oldest residences of the Achaemenid kings. Pasargadae consists of the tomb if the Cyrus the great and a building known as Zendan-e Soleyman.
We continue our way to Yazd for check-in and half-day sightseeing.
In the evening, ”Jameh Mosque of Yazd” and ”Amir Chakhmahk” will show you the beauty of colors. Jameh Mosque of Yazd is the main, congregational mosque of Yazd dates back to Sassanid Era. The exquisite mosaics on the dome and Mihrab, and the tiles above the main western entrance to the courtyard are masterpieces of calligraphy, evoking sacred names in infinitely complex patterns.
Still excited by the breathtaking architecture, we get back to hotel for rest.
Half-day sightseeing in Yazd is the plan of the day 6. Yazd is a ‘don’t miss’ destination because of its winding lanes, forest of badgirs, mud-brick houses and delightful places to stay.
Our first place of visit is ”Dolat Abad garden”, a residence of Persian regent Karim Khan Zand. The tallest wind tower of the pavilion inside the garden is conceivable from miles away. “Badgir”, the traditional air-conditioning system of the garden and also local houses located near desert, shows how people were adapted to the condition.
The second is ”Fahadan neighborhood”, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Yazd. Most of the historical building of Yazd that built with mud brick like aristocratic houses and water cisterns, are in this neighborhood.
“Zoroastrian fire temple” is our next place to explore; the place of worship for Zoroastrians. This brick Zoroastrian temple holds a fire that has burned for more than 1,500 years. The ancient flame has been kept alive throughout various centuries and relocations, and continues to burn today.
Enough for Yazd, we leave toward Isfahan; but on the way ”Meybod” and ”Na’in ” wouldn’t be missed.
Meybod is a sprawling mud-brick town that is at least 1800 years old. Several sites of interest are dotted around the town center, chief of which is the town’s ancient fortress.
Well regarded for its handicrafts, the town of Na’in (or Naein) dates back 2000 years, making it one of the oldest continuously settled towns in Iran. In the past it was known for its ceramics and textiles; today it’s primarily known for fine hand-knotted carpets and for hand-loomed camel-wool cloaks.
By following the route that brings us to Isfahan, we find ourselves in “half of the world” (what’s Isfahan famous for).
Exploring the bridges crossed over “Zayande Rud” is what we are looking for in the evening.
“Si-o-Se pol” is the largest bridge of Isfahan. Constructed by Safavid king, Shah Abbas I, on the purpose of being a bridge and also a dam. The name that literary means “33 bridge” comes from the structure of the bridge that comprises 2 superimposed rows of 33 arches.
Tired of being on the road and strolling along the bridges, time’s to get back to hotel for rest.
Not wasting the time, we start exploring Isfahan from ”Naqsh-e Jahan square” (UNESCO world heritage) and all the buildings located in its corners including ”Imam Mosque” (also registered as UNESCO world heritage), ”Sheikh Lotfollah mosque”, ”Ali Qapu” and ”traditional Bazaar”.
It was laid out in 1602 under the reign of the Safavid ruler, Shah Abbas the Great, to signal the importance of Esfahan as a capital of a powerful empire. Cross the square on a clear winter’s day and it’s a hard heart that isn’t entranced by its beauty.
The name means ‘pattern of the world’ and it was designed to showcase the finest jewels of the Safavid empire – the incomparable Masjed-e Shah, the elegant Masjed-e Sheikh Lotfollah and the lavishly decorated Kakh-e Ali Qapu and Qeysarieh Portal.
After a half-day sightseeing of the square, Jolfa (the Armenian quarter) and its “Vank church” is our must see.
The church is a masterpiece for its architecture. Once you step on the church, clays and bricks will show you the great combination of Iranian and Armenian architecture. Certainly, it’s a way to show the mixed culture and the symbiotic circle that stood for four more than 400 hundred years in Julfa.
Back to hotel and rest in the evening.
Our last day stay in Iran is for half-day sightseeing in Kashan. By taking a few drives, we reach to Kashan.
The first place is “Tabatabaies house”, Tabatabaies house which known as the bride of the historic houses of Iran, was built in 1835 for the affluent Tabatabaei family. The head of the family, Seyed Jafar Tabatabaei, a carpet merchant, built this house in the name of his wife.
Not far from the house, “Sultan Amir Ahmad bathhouse” is located. Built in the 16th century, the bathhouse today serves as a tourist attraction, rather than its primal purpose. The objective of the bathhouse was not only to promote cleanliness, but also to be a place for relaxation, discussions and even praying. A prototype of a modern spa center!
Our last place of visit is “Fin garden”. Registered as UNESCO world heritage, Fin garden will show you the beauty of the Persian gardens. Designed for Shah Abbas I in the 16th century, this delightful garden with its symbolical proportions, old cedars and splendid weather will stun you.
No more time left; we have to get to the IKA for departure.
Fly back to home.